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Betty Boop And Grampy


Published 1935




Producer Max Fleischer
Audio/Visual sound, b/w

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Reviewer: Janoble - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 22, 2014
Subject: Rube Goldberg
Get a real kick out of all the Rube Goldberg devices that Grampy comes up with. Really funny 30's peice.
Reviewer: Houghm - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 20, 2014
Subject: boopy oop
Love the period details e.g. curb "ramps", coal basket next to the "stove". Max Fleischer=genius+fun
Reviewer: splue - favoritefavorite - May 28, 2011
Subject: run betty
sumthings strange about "grampy"
Reviewer: Dark Moon - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 25, 2011
Subject: Great new character
The Hays code left the Fleischers scrambling for new directions in which to take a very much toned-down Betty, and new characters for her (since Bimbo was out), with whom she could interact. Pudgy was cute but, being that he was not anthropomorphic, his scope was limited. What a great character they came up with in Grampy, who was a reflection of their own creative and innovative energy, and no doubt inspired both by Rube Goldberg's Professor Lucifer Gorgonzola Butts character (the supposed inventor of Rube Goldberg machines) and Max Fleischer's own penchant for gadgeteering (he invented the rotoscope, rotograph, and several other processes). In their usual spirit of parody and satire, they combined three cliches-- a thinking cap, the mortarboard hat of a professor, and the idea light bulb (which, according to an article on tvtropes.org, originated in the 'Felix the Cat' cartoons of the 1920's)-- into something for Grampy to wear while brainstorming problems for Betty. Grampy's eminently singable theme song, "We're On Our Way to Grampy's," the melody which became Grampy's signature theme in subsequent cartoons, sets the tone perfectly for this cheerful and energetic character.

The Fleischers knew that they had a strong character in Grampy, and used him in a Color Classics episode ('Christmas Comes But Once a Year') in a possible spin-off attempt. Despite his frenetic energy in that cartoon, his interaction with Betty is at least half of his appeal as a character.

[Update] I think I've finally got the lyrics...

I'm on my way to Grampy's
Oh! He's such good company
It's the only place to be
(Tweet!)
Over at Grampy's house

So I'm on my way to Grampy's
For he always treats me nice
Always something on the ice
(Where?!)
Over at Grampy's house

Daw d'dee d'daw d'dee
It never is too late
Daw d'dee d'daw d'dee
He will always wait!

And when everybody's rusty
He is always full of pep
Everybody's going to be
(Where?!)
Over at Grampy's house

So we're on our way to Grampy's
Oh! He's such good company...
Reviewer: LeGrande - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 22, 2009
Subject: Over at Grampy's house!
I'm going to be singing that song for a while. One of the better post-code Betty's.
Reviewer: qazsd - favoritefavoritefavorite - March 1, 2006
Subject: grampy
it was great for that kind not the goofy kind
Reviewer: llimit cycle - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 14, 2006
Subject: Kids love it
Yes, post code but all the characters are great and Grampy's inventions are always fun (there is at least one other Betty with Grampy that I've seen). My kids loved it when they were little when they wathced it over and over on a videotape of several great Betty cartoons. Thanks to the Archive for making these available!
Reviewer: Christine Hennig - favoritefavoritefavorite - May 2, 2005
Subject: So That's Where the Firemen Are When You Need Them!
Betty goes to a party at GrampyÃÂs house, bringing along with her any and all passers-by, who immediately abandon their jobs, no matter how important. Grampy entertains them by turning kitchen gadgets into an elaborate music-making machine. This is one of the later Bettys, so itÃÂs not as weird, but I always love GrampyÃÂs clever inventions, so this is pretty fun anyway.
Ratings: Camp/Humor Value: ***. Weirdness: ***. Historical Interest: ***. Overall Rating: ***.
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